Readers Mourn, Celebrate Author Judith Kerr, Who Has Died at 95

The author of The Tiger Who Came to Tea, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, and many more children's titles, has died at age 95.

Judith Kerr, author of The Tiger Who Came to Tea, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, the "Mog the Cat" series, and many other titlesincluding The Curse of the School Rabbit, to be published next monthhas died at age 95, according to her publisher HarperCollins UK. 

Judith Kerr
Judith Kerr in 2013. Photo credit: Eliz Huseyin

Tributes poured in on social media, a combination of gratitude for her books, stories of her legendary presence at publisher parties, and awe at her strength creating the life she did after fleeing Nazi Germany as a child. Her early life story was included in the 2018 title Voices from the Second World War: Stories of War as Told to Children of Today.

Over the years, Kerr had been asked repeatedly who or what the Tiger in her first and most popular title symbolized. Was he Hitler coming and taking everything? Did he symbolize the sexual revolution upending "normal mores and suburban life," she was once asked. 

No, she always answered. He was just a tiger who wanted some tea.

A few people on Twitter posted a page from Goodbye Mog:

"Mog was tired. She was dead tired.

Her head was dead tired.

Her paws were dead tired.

Even her tail was dead tired.

Mog thought, 'I want to sleep forever.'

And so she did.

But a little bit of her stayed awake

to see what would happen next."

Read HarperCollins UK's full statement on Kerr's death below.

 

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